Harvest Continues To Make Good Progress

Tue 10-4-2016 []

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Harvest is underway with 21 percent of soybeans and 10 percent of the corn crop already completed in Iowa. That's a day behind last year's progress at this time. Rain likely has something to do with it.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop status report released Monday indicates weather was favorable for farmers but there were reports of muddy conditions and standing water in some fields from earlier storms.

Iowa Corn and soybeans are rated at 81 percent good to excellent.

Drier weather allowed Minnesota farmers to harvest over a quarter of the state's soybean crop last week alone.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that Minnesota soybean farmers took advantage of the 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork last week. The total soybean harvest in Minnesota now stands at 40 percent of the crop. That's in line with the five-year average of 42 percent. Soybeans were rated 82 percent good to excellent. Still, some fields remain too wet to harvest.

8 percent of Minnesota's corn-for-grain crop has been harvested, about a week behind average. But 87 percent of the crop is mature, which is 8 days ahead of the average. Corn is rated 85 percent good to excellent.